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5 Times I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community

The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.



The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.

Hello! I’m Jimmy, the newest edition to the Fortnite Intel team. I figured I’d get things started with a few hot takes about the game we all love – and sometimes love to hate.

A little about my history with Fortnite: I’m a day-one Xbox player. My buddy and I were so enamored by PUBG that we couldn’t wait for it to come to console. We were counting the days when this new free-to-play Battle Royale came out called Fortnite. Since PUBG was still months away from making its console debut, we loaded in and tried it out.

I was hooked after one game and have been playing ever since. I took a few breaks for Blackout, Apex, and my annual love-hate relationship with Madden, but all roads lead back to Fortnite.

IMG: Epic Games

I’ve played Fortnite for longer than I’ve played any other game. I hate it sometimes just like everyone else, but no other game can provide the consistent satisfaction that Fortnite has.

Now, onto my hot takes. I’m not a competitive player. I climb in Arena until I hit Champion’s League and then stop playing. My K/D is pedestrian and I still have problems with consistently hitting my 90’s. 

I’d classify myself as an average hardcore player. I’m far better than “casuals” but will get bodied by people who practice more than I do. I’m an evening warrior, just like a lot of other players who have stuck with the game for as long as I have.

The loudest voice in any game is always going to be the competitive community. They care the most, post the most, complain the most, and play the most. Streamers and posters on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit largely speak for the rest of the community, which is usually a good thing.

Sometimes, though, there is a disconnect between the loudest voices in the game and what’s actually happening. This has never been more evident than the return of the Drum Gun.

If you visited the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit, you’d think that everyone hated the weapon. Why, then, did it win the popular vote during the Unvaulting Event? It’s because the competitive community doesn’t speak for everyone. They might be out of touch with what the rest of the “pub players” actually enjoy.

With that in mind, here are five times I’ve disagreed with the general consensus of the Fortnite competitive community.

The Combat Shotgun

The Combat Shotgun (Epic Games)

This is probably going to be a controversial one: I miss the Combat Shotgun.

The competitive community hated the Combat Shotgun when it was in the game – at least based on the opinions of many Fortnite pros and frequent posters to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit.

Competitive players complained that the Combat decreased the skill gap. The lighting-fast rate-of-fire limited the effectiveness of things like edit switching, blocking, and even the ability to consistently hit your shots.

The Combat was the best-in-slot shotgun by a mile. Sure, the Pump could one-shot, but that didn’t matter much when an opponent with a Combat could get three or four shots off by the time you were ready to take your second.

I recognize all of this, and I still loved it. The Combat was just fun to use. As much as I dislike Desert Zone wars, it makes me miss the Combat even more.

I recognize the downsides of the weapon and agree that it was overpowered. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to use it again.

Skill-Based Matchmaking

When Epic first announced skill-based matchmaking (SBMM), I was all for it. It would give skilled players more competition and limit Epic’s incentive to add overpowered noob-machines like the BRUTE.

Good players would match with one another and bad players could get better with their bot-filled lobbies. It’s a win-win, right?

Well, after a week or so of SBMM, I’m ready to say that I don’t like it. I see why it was implemented and agree that it might be the lesser of two evils, but I think it’s bad for the long-term success of the game.

I’m far from a Fortnite God. I still Harry Potter myself on 90’s and miss wide-open sniper shots. Still, I’m in the top 0.8% of wins on Fortnite, top 6% in K/D, top 2.2% in win ratio, and top 3.6% in kills. You can take a look at my stats here – I’m an open book.

There are a lot of people above me in skill, but even more below me. Epic has only implemented SBMM for Solos right now, and I can say that the game has gotten quite a bit harder for me. I’ll still outplay a few people in the lobby, but now I’m frequently running into someone who is far better than I am and dying.

Everyone likes dominating, and no one likes feeling like they’re far above their skill level. This may have been what a lot of below-average players were experiencing, but – in all honesty – I don’t think they care as much about winning as I do.

In Apex Legends – a game I play very casually – I don’t rage too hard when I die. I’m happy enough to queue into my next game and easily forget about the past.

In Fortnite, winning is everything. I don’t care if I have 20 kills; if I don’t win, I’m going to smack my desk. I think the SBMM system is going to turn some of the high and mid-tier players away from public Fortnite matches, which is bad for the long-term health of the game.

Apart from some streamers who can get stream sniped more easily with the new matchmaking system, the competitive community seems to be behind SBMM. Some agree that it’s just become Arena without siphon and points, but most of the competitive community seems to be behind the change. I don’t agree.

Frequent Changes

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Fortnite is an ever-evolving game, and Epic needs to make changes to keep players coming back. They have added hundreds of map locations, items, vehicles, and weapons to Fortnite since the game came out, and it’s what keeps bringing people in.

The best example of this, in my opinion, were the changes brought in by Season X. Competitive players disliked most of the adjustments made to the map this season. I wasn’t a huge fan of turning into a toilet in Moisty Palms or getting overwhelmed by zombies in Retail Row either, but I agree with the reason Epic is making these changes.

Over time, I grew to like hiding in plain sight. I enjoyed the Taco Time mechanic – especially once they reduced the duration.

Epic gets a lot of flack for changing things or adding new items rather than fixing bugs. This criticism is fair – as are the complaints about making game-changing moves before major tournaments.

Still, as a whole, Fortnite has the unique ability to evolve faster than almost any other game out there. I like that part about it.

The Heavy Sniper

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My take on the Heavy Sniper is very similar to my take on the Combat Shotgun. I like the weapon, and I think there’s a need for a gun that will one-shot structures.

Generally, snipers are considered a low-skill weapon in Fortnite. Pretty much everyone has been involved in a build battle, only to be sniped from 150 meters away by a kid hiding in a bush. It’s the worst, but it’s part of the game.

I do agree that the damage on the Heavy Sniper should be nerfed to under 150. You shouldn’t get one-shot by a Heavy Sniper bodyshot when you have 150 HP, but a lot of competitive players are calling for the Heavy Sniper to be vaulted.

I strongly disagree with this take, and I think the Heavy Sniper plays an essential role in Fortnite at all levels. Nerf the damage? Sure – but don’t remove it from the game.


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I liked Ballers, especially in retrospect.

In Season 10, Ballers were replaced with the BRUTE – a vehicle that pretty much everyone hates. Sure, there were a few new players who could finally get some kills with the mech, but no one else thought it was good for the game.

The Ballers had their problems – particularly in pro-level play. They would dominate late-game rotations. If you had one, you could fly by opponents and laugh as they wasted their materials trying to tunnel.

The topic of Ballers highlights the true need for separate loot pools in Fortnite. Ballers weren’t an issue in public matches. They were phenomenal for rotation but didn’t have much of a use other than that. You wouldn’t see many players camping in a box with a baller in pubs.

The competitive community hated Ballers when they were in the game. Now that we’ve seen the mechs, though, I think even the loudest anti-Baller voices would rather revert back to the Season 9 meta.

So, there you have it: five topics with which I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community. Of course, the community is not one voice, and many hardcore and competitive players likely agree with some of these points (especially on the topic of skill-based matchmaking).

Let me know what you think in the comments. More hot takes incoming, so get used to em!

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How to get the Dish Destroyer pickaxe in Fortnite Season 3

Another exclusive pickaxe arrives to Fortnite in Season 3 and it sure looks quite different. Here’s how you can get it.



Dish Destroyer Pickaxe in Fortnite

The Dish Destroyer pickaxe is another free cosmetic you can get in Chapter 3 Season 3 if you haven’t already. Here’s how to get the pickaxe right into your locker.

Fortnite players sure love freebies that the developers give them away each season. From a free Refer-A-Friend skin to a slurpy back bling that you can get upon completing quests, players have faithfully completed every task that Epic has asked them to claim the free reward.

However, over the course of several seasons now, getting these freebies is starting to feel too much work to some players. Epic continues to add away free content, but players are asked to put in the work in order to claim these rewards.

This time around, there’s a new item on the block, The Dish Destroyer Pickaxe, which you can get in Fortnite now by doing a few simple steps. Here’s how you can get it in Season 3.

Get the Dish Destroyer Pickaxe in Fortnite now

Nvidia’s cloud gaming platform GeForce Now was launched earlier this year when players were able to stream Fortnite on any device if they were a member of the service. This also allowed iOS users to stream the game on their phones despite the Apple vs. Epic lawsuit.

In a recent tweet, Nvidia announced that Fortnite players will be able to redeem a free Dish Destroyer Pickaxe if they stream Fortnite on their GeForce Now enabled devices until August 4, 2022. Players who are members of the exclusive service will only be able to redeem this for free in-game.

However, in another announcement, Epic told its player base that the pickaxe is not exclusive to GeForce Now but will also be available in the Item Shop at a later date. This means that those who aren’t able to redeem the free pickaxe using their GeForce Now memberships will have a chance to buy it using V-Bucks in the Item Shop.

The cost of the pickaxe has not been revealed as of yet as players believe that it will be released once the limited window of August 4 for GeForce Now members have expired. As soon as we get any news on its Item Shop release, we’ll be sure to update this article.

GeForce Now players have had the perks of free rewards ever since the service allowed players to experience the thrill of Fortnite anywhere on their devices. Falling in line is XCloud’s gaming service which has become extremely popular amongst Xbox players.

For more, check out our guide on How to use Ice Cream cones in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite players call on Epic Games to fix Loot Chests bug in Season 3

As the latest Fortnite Season 3 update brought players a No Sweat Summer, it left a weird bug in the game where players are getting empty loot chests. Here’s the latest on that.



Loot Chests in Fortnite

Fortnite players have finally given up on the game due to its never-ending glitches and bugs that affect their overall gameplay experience. The latest glitch in the game is teleporting chest loot to a different location, and it’s getting pretty annoying for players.

Player feedback is one of the many things Epic takes very seriously that it aims to fix in every major weekly update or minor hotfixes from time to time. Often there are times when these bugs can get pretty annoying as they affect the overall gameplay experience for the player.

Fortnite players have seen bugs ranging from being stuck under the map or taking fall damage after jumping off a launch pad. From pros to content creators, each one of them took to social media to call on the developers to “fix the game”.

However, a recent update, v21.30, left a bug that has tested the patience of every Fortnite player active this season – potentially the most annoying Fortnite bug of all time. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Fortnite bug teleports chests loots to other locations

A strange Fortnite bug that is going viral right now on social media is the Loot Chests bug. It all began when Epic added the update v21.30 and introduced players to this year’s summer event, No Sweat Summer.

The update also saw the addition of Prime Shotgun which is considered to be the best shotgun in Chapter 3. While all the additions are fascinating and exciting to the players, the bug the update left in the game is still haunting players who are failing to win a game like they used to.

The bug, as shown in the clip above, teleports the chest loot to a nearby location outside if a player opens a chest box inside a building. This is pretty annoying as it doesn’t let the player farm loot fast as they usually would while landing on a hot drop.

Players have already started uploading their clips of the loot chest bug and are calling out the game to come out and fix this issue. This bug also creates double the work for those players who like to play a fast-paced Battle Royale match.

Joining in the conversation are a few FNCS players who feel that this bug might cost them several games where they would end up losing on a major competitive level. The entire community has joined hands together to ask the developers to fix the game at the earliest.

While Fortnite has not addressed this issue on their social media handles or on the Trello board could also mean that players in higher ping regions might be the only ones experiencing the bug. However, the player base is still keeping their hopes high to get these issues fixed as soon as possible.

As bugs and glitches continue to add to several issues Fortnite is filled with, events like No Sweat Summer keep the community excited for more in-game content and freebies that they can get. The challenges for No Sweat Summer are live in-game now and players can redeem their share of rewards upon completing them.

For more, check out our article on Fortnite introducing the new Prime Shotgun in update v21.30.

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Fortnite introduces the new Prime Shotgun in update v21.30

Prime Shotgun is the latest game breaking weapon that has been added to Fortnite in v21.30. Here’s all about the new shotgun.



Prime Shotgun in Fortnite

Prime Shotgun is another addition to Fortnite this season in terms of weaponry that has been added to the game. Here is all about the latest shotgun that was introduced in v21.30 and what players think of it.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 has been a joyride for both OG and new players alike. The new mechanics, the reality bloom spreading everywhere, and the addition of new weapons to the game have kept the community satisfied so far.

However, during the beginning of Chapter 3, the shotgun meta was deemed to be the worst shotguns the game had added to the game. The Striker Pump, Ranger, and Auto Shotguns were weapons that players had deemed incompetent to other shotguns in Fortnite.

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Much so, even the newly released Two Shot Shotgun couldn’t impress the players with its faster fire rate and damage. So, Epic decided to throw a new shotgun into the mix to seek player reactions and improve the messed-up shotguns in-game.

Prime Shotgun is the new community favorite shotgun in Fortnite

Prime Shotgun was added in the latest update v21.30 to the unvaulted weapons arsenal in Fortnite. The shotguns were the second one introduced to the player base apart from the Two-Shot shotgun.

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It holds 4 bullets in a clip and promises heavy damage on the first shot fired from a fully loaded clip. The 3 shots that follow inflict lower damage than that of the first one.

When a player reloads the shotgun, 3 blue dots appear on the gun with the red dot being the first shot being loaded. This brings back the memories of the infamous “One Shot Meta” from the OG days when the community used to perform using a Pump Shotgun.

Pros like NickEh30 sang high praise of the Prime Shotgun as the weapon contains elements of the OG pump in terms of range, accuracy, and firepower. Other pros like SypherPK & Ninja also commented their thoughts on the gun which were highly positive.

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With the recent Fortnite update, leaks have also been floating around about the No Sweat Summer and Ice Cream cone consumables that the player base can see in-game in the coming days. However, an official announcement has been made about the same on the official blog website of Fortnite.

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